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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Corruption slur on Gautam Roy

SILCHAR, Oct 20: Karimganj Zilla Parishad president Mantaj Ali, who surprised everyone by winning the no-confidence motion instigated against him recently, has alleged that Excise Minister Gautam Roy was involed in a corruption case and was trying to hush up the act by instigating the no-confidence motion against him. Ali said an amount of Rs 5.5 crore was withdrawn from the fund disbursed by the Central Government for NREGA.

Ali said he had already sought the intervention of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi whom he met in Dispur along with South Karimganj MLA Siddeque Ahmed after the no-confidence motion was moved. “We told Gogoi that in the last general election, we had assured Muslim support to the Congress against AUDF. But now Roy is insulting the Muslims,” said Ali and added that they had left the matter for Gogoi to handle.

Meanwhile, Abdul Ajiz, who was Roy’s candidate for the post of chairman of the Zilla Parishad, told mediapersons that Siddeque Ahmed and Mantaj Ali were playing the communal card for their own interest. Therefore, if communal tension grips the sensitive border district, the Ahmed-Ali duo would be held responsible for that. THE SENTINEL

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